Hyp­o­critial warmist needs to dis­close his dirty coal past

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Letters -

If only the coal com­pany Oliver Yates chaired had done what Yates now de­mands as cli­mate-cru­sad­ing can­di­date for Kooy­ong.

Yates, run­ning against Trea­surer Josh Fry­den­berg, is one of the “in­de­pen­dent” can­di­dates stand­ing against Lib­eral MPs who are ac­tu­ally sup­ported by the far-left GetUp!, and push­ing its glob­al­warm­ing cause.

Last week he is­sued his lat­est green edict: “I want com­pa­nies to dis­close all en­vi­ron­men­tal breaches be­fore the chair­man’s re­port, on their an­nual re­port.”

Yates joined Linc En­ergy’s board in Oc­to­ber 2010, hav­ing bought nearly $500,000 in shares, and the next month be­came act­ing chair­man.

Three months ear­lier, Linc sold the Galilee coal fields to Adani for a project Yates now says “lacks a so­cial li­cence”.

Linc also tried to make gas by set­ting fire to coal seams at Chin­chilla, in Queens­land, in­clud­ing in Yates’ term as act­ing chair­man, al­though, a District Court judge later found, Linc’s ex­perts had “clearly ad­vised the site was un­suit­able”.

The judge added that: “The of­fences have re­sulted in a con­tam­i­na­tion of the ground­wa­ter sys­tem … the land also faced on­go­ing ex­plo­sive and tox­i­c­ity risks in re­la­tion to the es­cape of con­tam­i­nants.” He fined Linc $4.5 mil­lion for five breaches.

This is GetUp’s green can­di­date? Hyp­ocrites.

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